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#101 Austin55

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:00 PM

Good point, it seems to me it all started really getting going around 2012 when the big apartment that is the threads topic got going, and then townhomes everywhere. 2012 is also about when I started really following FW's development so not something I'm too familiar with the ongoings beforehand. 



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 02:15 PM

No doubt it was slow to actually get rolling.  There were a couple of major craps taken by the economy between the tornado and 2012, so there's that.  Much of what happens here as far as zoning and smart growth planning is reactionary and not proactive.  And even when it gets put into place, the city seems perfectly content to throw out the baby, the bathwater, the tub, and the whole bathroom to grant a variance.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:11 AM

No doubt it was slow to actually get rolling.  There were a couple of major craps taken by the economy between the tornado and 2012, so there's that.  Much of what happens here as far as zoning and smart growth planning is reactionary and not proactive.  And even when it gets put into place, the city seems perfectly content to throw out the baby, the bathwater, the tub, and the whole bathroom to grant a variance.

 

The residents who lived in the area after the tornado until 2012, when all the development started picking up, really were not organized as a neighborhood to put together a design overlay because a lot of them were busy cashing out on the increased land values.

 

The neighborhood association president even made a deal to trade her family's lot where Elan stands for a lot on the park where she built the only new single family home, because at that time, the future land use map indicated the lots surrounding the park were to remain zoned as A-5. Over the past two years more developers have either persuaded the remaining homeowners to pay to have their lots rezoned to multi-family because they were told it would increase the land value or the lots were bought by a developer, rezoned (at their cost), and duplex town homes were built to recoup the costs of the expensive land - with variances granted for front entry garages (this has ended now if you notice the newer construction, thanks to the city).

 

Now the new wave of development for the area is in the form of row houses and boutique apartments (without adequate parking for the density). Some on complete blocks and others on halves of blocks because they cannot acquire the whole block from current residents. So as this neighborhood ages, I'm interested to see how the hodgepodge melts together.



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Posted 26 January 2017 - 06:23 AM

 

 

If it is to be denied, they threatened to building a parking garage instead.

 

Seems like an empty threat - what would the parking garage be servicing?  That location seems a far walk from any amenities that people would want to park next to.  Or am I missing something?  Are people going to park there and hike a half-mile to In'n'Out?  Or La Familia (since they can't park at West 7th?)

 

I can understand the neighborhood's reluctance to change zoning, since they know the next step will be for the developer to ask for variances against the zoning that was just awarded. 

 

 

According to the email I received, DD Motorsports would build a garage to store the dealership's cars. It seems a little out of the way from the Don Davis dealerships so I'm sure it was a scare tactic but I actually prefer the idea over more density without adequate parking.

 

 

DD is planning a new $1.3 million dealership at 3201 White Settlement Rd, just west of Braums. 



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:35 PM

The "Beer Can House" in Linwood has been sold and will (likely) be demolished.
 
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Heads up photographers, time is limited to document one of the last unique vestiges from that former neighborhood.

 
 
Here's what's going on that block. 42 units. 
 
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Foundation and utility work is going and seems to be moving along fast. I think this project will add a lot to the area as the rest of Linwood is coming along and starting to look really nice.

I'm assuming that it will most likely be completed by this time next year.

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:55 PM

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 11:19 PM

 

No doubt it was slow to actually get rolling.  There were a couple of major craps taken by the economy between the tornado and 2012, so there's that.  Much of what happens here as far as zoning and smart growth planning is reactionary and not proactive.  And even when it gets put into place, the city seems perfectly content to throw out the baby, the bathwater, the tub, and the whole bathroom to grant a variance.

 

The residents who lived in the area after the tornado until 2012, when all the development started picking up, really were not organized as a neighborhood to put together a design overlay because a lot of them were busy cashing out on the increased land values.

 

The neighborhood association president even made a deal to trade her family's lot where Elan stands for a lot on the park where she built the only new single family home, because at that time, the future land use map indicated the lots surrounding the park were to remain zoned as A-5. Over the past two years more developers have either persuaded the remaining homeowners to pay to have their lots rezoned to multi-family because they were told it would increase the land value or the lots were bought by a developer, rezoned (at their cost), and duplex town homes were built to recoup the costs of the expensive land - with variances granted for front entry garages (this has ended now if you notice the newer construction, thanks to the city).

 

Now the new wave of development for the area is in the form of row houses and boutique apartments (without adequate parking for the density). Some on complete blocks and others on halves of blocks because they cannot acquire the whole block from current residents. So as this neighborhood ages, I'm interested to see how the hodgepodge melts together.

 

I think the townhouse and small apartment density is a appropriate for Linwood.  That location IMO is best for medium density, 2-4 story, walkable residential.  The townhouses with front-facing garages are disappointing, but I thought they were able to do that with existing B zoning.  The new zoning category UR I think forces somehow the garages to be in the rear (as I understand it).  While the townhouses recently build aren't going to win any architectural awards I think they are getting the density right.  Could go even higher and be okay. 

 

I know there has been a lot of hand-wringing by some people in that neighborhood association but I just assumed that their vision for the neighborhood was detached single family homes rather than town houses and 3-4 story apartments.  The older housing in there was not in a condition where it was likely to remain for long, and many or most of the neighborhood houses have been owned by investors rather than residents for several years.  

 

I remember reading that the neighborhood association tried to not allow people who own property to vote in the neighborhood association meeting, but rather only residents, which I understand is a forbidden practice in the City.   I don't blame them for fighting for their vision but IMO the location is simply logical for higher density housing. 







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